The Blind Spy

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Russia has never accepted Ukraine's independence and now Putin has engaged the KGB's elite, clandestine Department S to destabilize the young democratic nation and bring it back under Russian control.

But Cougar, the private intelligence company that dwarfs even the CIA, strikes back at Russia with its deadliest weapon—the gorgeous ex-KGB colonel Anna Resnikov. Her former countrymen murdered the love of her life, the father of her child, and she'll risk everything to destroy the...

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Overview

Russia has never accepted Ukraine's independence and now Putin has engaged the KGB's elite, clandestine Department S to destabilize the young democratic nation and bring it back under Russian control.

But Cougar, the private intelligence company that dwarfs even the CIA, strikes back at Russia with its deadliest weapon—the gorgeous ex-KGB colonel Anna Resnikov. Her former countrymen murdered the love of her life, the father of her child, and she'll risk everything to destroy the evil that rules her homeland. But on the ground in Ukraine, she meets a formidable foe, a mysterious KGB agent who aims are unclear but whose power is unmistakably lethal. A killer cocktail of action, suspense and intrigue, The Blind Spy will hold you captive from beginning to end.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous Dryden’s personal knowledge and experience of both the British security services and Russia’s intelligence apparatus informs his fine third entry (after 2010’s Moscow Sting) in a series grounded less in physical action than in the twisting intellectual gamesmanship that makes the shadow world of espionage so compelling. Anna Resnikov, a former KGB colonel who defected to the British, works for Cougar, the largest private intelligence agency in the world, which is run by ex-CIA legend Burt Miller. The CIA enlists Cougar as part of several operations designed to uncover Russian deceit in Ukraine. Into the mix of superspies comes Gen. Valentin Viktorov, head of Russia’s secretive Department S, whose son, Balthasar, is the intelligence service’s most accomplished agent, despite being blind from birth. Russia’s plan to take over Ukraine lies at the heart of the chess-like machinations that consume the characters in this intricate and deadly struggle for international domination. Agent: Peter Matson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Mar.)
Library Journal
When Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin said, "Ukraine is not even a state," he expressed a view commonly held in his country. In Dryden's third espionage thriller (after Red to Black and Moscow Sting), an election is impending in the embattled country. With Putin's blessing, the patriotiy—a cadre of unreconciled Cold Warriors—sets out to undermine Ukraine's independence. Ex-KGB colonel Anna Resnikov, who now works for the private intelligence agency Cougar, takes on the near impossible task of stopping them. Lined up against her is Balthasar, a blind man who possesses a sixth sense for what others think. Anna and Balthasar share a tangled past: whose side will he join now? VERDICT With a plot as current as today's headlines, Dryden's latest is as good as her previous two novels, which is saying a lot. In a series like this, the backstory often smothers new exposition; that's not the case here. While Anna's past matters, this exceptional novel stands on its own. Aficionados of spy thrillers will want. [See Prepub Alert, 9/19/11.]—David Keymer, Modesto, CA
Library Journal
Team Putin wants to undermine Ukraine's independence, which doesn't make private intelligencer Burt Miller very happy, so he quickly enlists ex-KGB colonel Anna Resnikov to help scotch the plan. The first two Resnikov novels, Red to Black and Moscow Sting, got some rave reviews. Don't miss.
Kirkus Reviews
The U.S.S.R. has spun off into its various republics, but Putin's Russia is having second thoughts about its loss of the Ukraine. In the midst of a plot to find a pretext for re-conquest, a blind man named Balthasar spies for the Russians. Balthasar has considerable insights that amply compensate for his lack of vision. That he can sense who approaches him and that he knows when a particular person wears blue clothing strains credulity, but readers can suspend disbelief for a while. It's all about "the fallibility of those who trust their eyes," he says. A long-lost half sibling named Anna Resnikov is a more interesting character. She works for Cougar Intelligence Applications, a commercial firm that is CIA-like, right down to its abbreviation. She is a former KGB agent who defected to the West because...well, because. Author Dryden (a pseudonym) displays considerable knowledge of Russia and the Black Sea area and sketches believable pictures of cities like Sevastopol. He's wordy, though, and seems to have an ongoing love affair with adverbs, for example, "Burt said breezily," "Burt replied stolidly" and "Burt said magnanimously." But the characters and the plot are intelligent, with a series of twists and surprises right to the end. A climactic scene with Anna and a train is especially spectacular and satisfying. It's good to see an East-West spy game that's developed beyond the Cold War Clancy clashes of the last century. A decent book that could have been better, but thriller aficionados will enjoy the complex tale regardless.
Albuquerque Journal
“Anna Resnikov is the kind of spy a reader can learn to like. A lot.... Alex Dryden’s thriller presents Anna’s combat skills, her spy-smarts and a chess match involving the top spies of the United States and Russia.”
Suspense magazine
“The unbelievable becomes believable...as we wade through scenes of terror, and scenes of terrifying ordinariness that serve to add to the tension.”
Shelf Awareness
“Anna is a refreshing addition to the traditionally male-dominated role of spy. She’s believably crafted...simultaneously exhibiting strength and intelligence.... [Witten] with rich, distinct characters and timely subject matter. The time invested in reading The Blind Spy is definitely time well spent.”
Booklist
“Another tantalizingly plausible plot. . . . Dryden is building an impressive list of post–Cold War espionage fiction, and [there is] much to enjoy in his latest.”
USA Today
“It’s boots on the ground in Ukraine, considered the cradle of Russian civilization, in this chilling novel that reminds us that the Cold War may never be over; third in a knockout series.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“His thrillers are an extended clarion call to arms, despite their spy-thriller guise. And as guises go, Dryden’s books are doozies. They’re exceptionally intelligent examples of the genre. The American publication...is particularly timely..... Brace yourself, Mr. Dryden. You’re likely to be a busy writer for many years.”
Bookreporter.com
“A story almost literally ripped from the headlines...gripping, smart adventure that crackles with authentic modern spycraft—an absolute must-read for fans of John le Carré, Alex Berenson, Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko series...and for any readers interested in what’s really going on in the “new Russia.”
Suspense Magazine
"The unbelievable becomes believable...as we wade through scenes of terror, and scenes of terrifying ordinariness that serve to add to the tension."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062088086
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,182,111
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Dryden is the pseudonym of a British writer who worked for the British security services. He has had extensive, firsthand experience of Russia over many years. He is the author of three novels—Red to Black, Moscow Sting, and The Blind Spy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Great Book!

    It is as if Putin read this book then put together his plan to take back the Ukraine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Very compelling and relevant given today's Crimea situation.

    Makes you wonder how the "dark side" really operates!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Very good read

    Intricate thriller which keeps you guessing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    The story was good but the book jumped around too quickly. Had t

    The story was good but the book jumped around too quickly. Had to flip back and forth to keep straight what was happening and to who. Other wise a good read the story was good and I really liked the characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    good read

    lots of suspense but jumped around from country to country too quickly. Had to flip back to see who was there and why.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Its amazing

    Amazing

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